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Computer Components Abdi’s Best Hardware Prices (Group 3)

Fan Fan: This is responsible for cooling the computer system. As processors, graphics cards, RAM and other components inside computers have increased in clock speed and power consumption these components generate a lot more heat during normal usage. These components need to be kept within a specified temperature range to prevent overheating, instability, malfunction and damage leading to a shortened component lifespan.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2



Hard Disk Drive Hard Drive: A hard disk is used for data storage. Choosing the capacity of hard disk depends on the data storage that is required. Cache Memory: This is not a very important feature, but we’ve gone for 32MB. Cache doesn't increase the computer speed, but acts just like RAM except it is faster.

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA-II 32MB Cache – OEM

£ 43.99

Graphics Card Graphics Card: A good graphics card will give you good picture quality, and is a must for people who, like Abdi will be gaming using their machines. We’ve for another top brand, Radeon, a HD card with a capacity of 1024MB, as this will work nicely with the HD Monitor and again it will provide the ultimate gaming experience…(when he shouldn’t be studying of course!)

HIS ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express

£ 113.99

Monitor Monitor The monitor is one if not the most important of the peripherals of the computer. It is the display device.

This Phillips HD 23�, along with the graphics card will provide Abdi with better visual effects and better graphics and display.

Philips 230C1HSB 23" Full HD ÂŁ 149.99

Labelled Motherboard

Motherboard This is perhaps the most important part of your computer. This is where the computer peripherals and components are connected to and most importantly, the CPU is mounted on the motherboard. All it is, is a PCB (Printed Circuit Board), which holds and provides connections to different components. When selecting a motherboard, you need to make sure it is compatible with the processor. Not all processors are compatible to all motherboards. Abdi’s choices are both from Intel, and are compatible with each other. (usb ports incl.) MSI P55-GD65 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3

ÂŁ 127.99

PC Case

Cabinet/PC Case: The only thing is to make sure you buy a computer case which fits properly with the power supply. We’ve gone for a tower-looking one, that sits vertically rather than horizontally, which can be easier for access to the ports. Antec Sonata Elite Case - Black



Power Supply Unit A power supply unit (PSU) is the component that supplies power to the other components in a computer. It converts electric power from the mains to usable lowvoltage direct current power for the internal components of the computer. Just ensure that it fits properly inside the computer case.

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Ready Modular

ÂŁ 69.99

Central Processing Unit Processor: The speed of the computer is extremely important. A powerful processor means good computer speed. A processor which is 2GHz minimum, should be sufficient for Abdi, we’ve gone slightly higher as he wishes to game. (2.66GHz) We’ve gone for one of the top brands, Intel.

Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - OEM

£ 139.99

(Random Access Memory)

RAM RAM The greater the storage capacity of the RAM, the faster the computer. This is because the RAM is the primary storage device in a computer. Abdi’s RAM also needs to be compatible with the computer processor you are using. We’ve chosen (2x2GB) 4GB of RAM for Abdi, this should be sufficient for his activities.

OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1866MHz/PC3-15000 Platinum

£ 99.99

Keyboard & Mouse Keyboard: There are many types of computer keyboards available in the market. However, a sturdy decent keyboard is most important. The keyboard allows communication input from Abdi to the computer. Mouse: This is the device, because of which, we don't have to remember the keyboards shortcuts. There are two main types, optical mouse and the roller mouse. An optical mouse is generally preferred over a roller mouse and it is always advisable, whatever the purpose of your computer, to get an optical mouse along with it. Xenta Black 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse - With Nano USB Dongle UK Layout ÂŁ 9.99

Special Gaming Mouse Cyborg R.A.T 7 Laser Gaming Mouse - 5600DPI


CD/DVD Drive CD-ROM There are may types. Eg. A CD-ROM, which only reads CDs, DVD-ROM, which reads both CDs and DVDs. Also a combo drive, which reads and writes CDs and can read but not write DVDs. A DVD-ROM R/W, can read and write both CDs and DVDs but is not advisable as writing many CDs and DVDs on a regular basis can spoil the DVD writing lens. Maybe a DVD-ROM R/W and a DVD ROM just to read DVDs and CDs may be better. This way, avoids excessive use of the same lens and increases the life of your DVD ROM. We’ve gone for combo drive as Abdi will probably want to read both CDs/DVDs and may want to burn CDs too, but maybe not DVDs. Samsung SH-D163C 16x DVD-ROM CD-R SATA Optical Drive OEM Black

£ 7.99

Total for Hardware... • £896.77 • £1000 – 896.77 = 103.23

Computer Components  

A closer look at the components that make up Abdi's computer.